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Steve Francis wins on Hoosiers!FLORIDA -- Starting off the 2006 racing season on a winning note is always a positive feeling for any race team, driver, or product supplier. After six nights of Lucas Oil Late Model Series competition and two nights of World of Outlaws Series action in Florida, six different drivers shared that feeling with one tire company--Hoosier Racing Tire.


Hoosier-shod drivers dominated the Lucas Oil Series action at East Bay Raceway Park just outside of Tampa, Florida on February 6th thru the 11th. Riding on newly redesigned 1300 compounded tires, Hoosier competitors claimed five of the six fast time awards, 42 of the 46 heat race events, all 23 of the consolation races, and all six of the A-main events.


Sullivan, Wisconsin driver Dan Schlieper blazed the path to victory lane for Hoosier on Monday while Billy Moyer, Dale McDowell, and Matt Miller continued the trend on Tuesday through Thursday. On Friday and Sunday, it was the Steve Francis show as the Kentucky driver wired the field for two victories and a cool $22,000 paycheck. All 10 drivers in the final Winternationals point standings, including champion Dennis Erb Jr., raced exclusively on Hoosier 1300's.


When racing action moved to Volusia Speedway Park on February 16th and 18th, the story remained the same. Hoosier competitors claimed quick time, all dashes, 13 of the 14 heat races, 6 of the 7 B-main events, and both feature events. Florida's Earl Pearson dominated the action on Thursday while Steve Francis claimed the top spot in Saturday’s $10,000 to win finale.


"We couldn't be happier with the performance of all of our tires in Florida." commented Hoosier Product Manager Shanon Rush. "The new 1300's exceeded our expectations at East Bay. The driver comments were very positive and achieving success with multiple chassis brands throughout the week really showed that our 2005 testing was a success."


To compete under the new Lucas Oil Late Model Series tire rules for 2006, Hoosier Racing Tire brought only two compounds to East Bay--the 1300 and 1600. With the hard work of the East Bay staff, and continuous compound improvements by Hoosier Engineering, drivers were able to race exclusively on the 1300 compound tire in every event, from the first qualifying session to the weekending 75-lap A-main event.


"We definitely realize that Florida is just the start of our 2006 season." said a cautious Mr. Rush. "We don't plan to rest on our Speedweeks results for sure. We already have more testing in the planning stages and continuous product improvement will remain our goal throughout the year."


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